This simple Vintage or Retro Apron lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old lampshade into a new lampshade perfect for a vintage or retro kitchen, family room, or crafting studio. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this Vintage or Retro Apron craft project to save money.
To make a Vintage or Retro Apron lampshade you will need:
Vintage Apron or Retro Apron
Fabric Lamp Shade
I find great vintage aprons and retro aprons all the time at flea markets, antique stores, and even on ebay. I love them, but had to finally come up with something to turn them into!
Tip: Try to match your vintage apron or retro apron size to your lampshade. You can find great ladies vintage aprons as well as children’s vintage aprons in a variety of sizes.
The first step is to completely remove all of the fabric from your damaged or existing lampshade. Start by poking some scissors through the fabric, then cut away. Once you have the body of the fabric removed then start working on the material wrapped onto he wires. This will take some time, but is a great way to save a little money and salvage and exiting lampshade.
Tip: If you don’t have a damaged or existing lampshade you want to get rid of you can buy these wire frames of a lampshade at any arts and craft store.
Now, go ahead and wash you vintage or retro apron. It is always best to start with a clean apron.
Now, gently wrap the Vintage or Retro Apron paper around the lampshade. See how well the apron will fit on the lampshade. You only want it to overlap about an inch on the sides.
Now, run a bead of hot glue around the top border of the wire lampshade.
Gently press the top edge of the vintage or retro apron around it in place. You want the ties in the back of the apron to meet in the back, but they can overlap a little if needed.
If your retro apron is a little to larger, you can bunch it as you go, sort of like curtains bunch on a rod.
Now, if your vintage apron is the right length you can let it simply hand straight down over the lampshade.
If it is a little too long, then you can repeat the first step, but on the bottom ring of the lampshade.
Run the bead of glue and press the bottom of the retro lampshade into place.
Now, tie the ribbons in the back.
NEVER use a bulb that has a higher watt than recommended in a lamp. For all of these decorative Vintage or Retro Apron lamp shades I recommend using a low watt bulb. 25 to 40 watts at most. These are meant to be decorative lights. You can rely on other lamps and light sources to illuminate your home.
Try using a retro kitchen utensil or even a retro or vintage salt shaker as the finial on the lamp if it needs one!
Never leave these lamps burning un attended. This is a good rule in general. .